Monday, 31 August 2015

Holding the Man

Based on a memoir by Timothy Conigrave who fell in love with a star player in his school's football team and whose relationship post school days ultimately saw both contract HIV and based also on a play of the same name, the title 'Holding the Man' is a play on words being both a football term and a reference to the relationship.

The film version is a frank and harrowing depiction of the relationship. Conigrave and his partner John Caleo were about ten years younger than myself and their experience growing up gay at a time when homosexual activity was illegal in Australia and the sexual orientation mostly had to be concealed even from family and friends strikes a strong chord of memories of my own adolescence and early adulthood.

I would like to think that this impressive film would help those who even in these times think of homosexuality as a lifestyle choice rather than an innate characteristic reconsider their attitudes but I suspect that will not be the case.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Ricki and The Flash

Meryl Streep is an ageing band singer working in a supermarket to earn a basic living who is drawn back to her estranged remarried ex-husband and their three adult children when their daughter's marriage fails.

The trailer for 'Ricki and The Flash' suggested to me that this is a comedy but the film is very much a drama with some humorous moments. It seems to have been created as a vehicle for Streep to strut her stuff as a rocker and add to her collection of movie characters. There are a series of musical numbers most of which add little to progress the plot and frankly most characters are not well delineated.


Metro systems of the world

This post is for Andrew.

Which subway system is the largest: New York, Beijing or Shanghai?

Taken from this article.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Egg on face; hard boiled or scrambled?

Some of my regular followers know (or guessed) the career I had before retirement. It was not that far different from functions which fall within what is now rather unfortunately called Australian Border Force. However my work and the organisation that I worked for had a very different emphasis from the current 'control' focussed entity.

Today the ABF issued a press release about activities it plans for the city of Melbourne over the weekend. I can just imagine what thought went into the press release; all gung ho and macho in intent. They've ended up with egg on their faces with social media in particular pillorying this venture into fascism and Orwellian behaviour.

Immigration Minister, Prime Minister and ABF Commissioner
Goodness what a shocking Government we have at present and how appalling - perhaps under Ministerial direction - has our Public Service become.

UPDATE: Only hours after the announcement comes another. Police cancel plans for Border Force to check people's visas in Melbourne CBD, citing public concern. What a surprise!

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Mirror, mirror, on the wall...

A friend is undertaking a course in Design and has unilaterally offered her thoughts on ways of improving the design of my apartment.

All from the goodness of her heart of course and nothing to do with improving or rehearsing assignments for which she might be marked later. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge. Actually I don't mind playing along because she has some interesting suggestions and my apartment could benefit from some design improvement.

Today we looked over mirrors, cushions, lamps etc.

Friend is somewhat taken with this mirror for my apartment;

but I have a preference for this;

No decisions yet - and no rush to redecorate either.